Day 0: You will be met at the Whitehorse airport and shuttled to your accommodation.
Night in a hotel in Whitehorse.
Day 1: For your first day in the Yukon, we meet up and brave the cold to go cheer for the musher and their dogs leaving for their 1600km journey across the North, to Fairbanks, Alaska. Most teams have 14 dogs and will run the distance in 10 to 12 days. You can enjoy of the morning freely and visit the MacBride museum, in downtown Whitehorse, if you desire. We meet again after lunch for an afternoon snowshoe hike in the Fish Lake area, some 20km from Whitehorse (8km, +/- 375m). The vista from the top is amazing... a first glimpse at what the Yukon wilderness looks like in the winter!
Night in a hotel in Whitehorse.
Day 2: We meet you at your accommodation and make sure everyone has all the gear to enjoy this trip properly. Then, we drive north on the Klondike Highway towards Dawson City. We stop at different vista points along the way, like the one overlooking the Five Fingers Rapids and the Yukon River. We arrive in Dawson in the early evening. After dinner, we drive a few kilometers up to the Midnight Dome to try to see our first northern lights!
Night in a hotel in Dawson. L
Day 3: We start the day by driving through Tombstone Territorial Park. The Dempster Highway offers splendid views of the 2200km2 of subarctic tundra, lakes, rivers and high rugged peaks of the park. While in the park, we have a couple opportunities for small walks, if the snow is not too deep! Tombstone is just the first section of road going through the Ogilvie Mountains. After the park, the Dempster Highway continues its way through the mountains before crossing the Ogilvie River and climbing onto another ridge. From there, we discover a spectacular view of the Ogilvie Mountains and the Peel River Valley. After a total of 310 km for the day, we stop for the night in Eagle Plains, the only gas station/motel on the Yukon side of the Dempster Highway.
Night in Eagle Plains. L - D
Day 4: From Eagle Plains, we drive north for another 40km, until we reach the Arctic Circle. The Dempster Highway is the northernmost highway in Canada, and the only one to cross the Arctic Circle. We actually push a little further; to climb a bit more on the western slopes of the Richardson Mountains, and reach the border between the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. There, we really grasp the vastness and beauty of the arctic tundra! Tonight again, we sleep at Eagle plains.
Night in the motel in Eagle Plains. B – L – D
Day 5: We keep driving south, enjoying once again the landscapes of the Ogilvie Mountains and Tombstone Territorial Park. In Dawson City we get to see the dog teams once again. Some of them will be arriving in town, while others may be resting (36 hrs mandatory rest in Dawson). The fastest teams will already be gone or maybe we'll have the chance to see them leave town!
Above Dawson is the Midnight Dome, an excellent Northern Light viewing spot where we try our luck, once more!
Night in a hotel in Dawson. B – L
Day 6: This morning you can enjoy a walk through Dawson before we head back to Whitehorse. We will be back in Whitehorse in the evening.
Night in a hotel in Whitehorse. L
Day 7: For 3 days you explore southern Yukon with your own dog team! You start the day with meeting your dogs and explanation from your guide on how to drive your sled. Then, once all the gear is loaded up in the sleds, it is your turn to enjoy the unique feeling of driving your sled through the snowy landscape: feel the joy of the dogs on the trail, hear the silence of true wilderness, let the music of the dogs running and the sled gliding be part of the beauty that surrounds you!
You get to camp in the afternoon and share your experience of the day around a good fire and a hearty meal.
Night in a tented camp. L – D
Day 8: Today is a day of exploration around camp. You have a chance at seeing all the tracks of Yukon's fauna in the snow, and maybe even see a wolf, a moose or a caribou!
Night in a tented camp. B – L – D
Day 9: From camp, you go on a short snowshoe hike before coming back and loading the sleds. On your way back to civilization you enjoy one last time the beauty of the Yukon and its boreal forest.
During these three days, we also have the opportunity to catch supper with ice fishing!
You get back to town in the late afternoon and enjoy a free evening in town.
Night in a hotel in Whitehorse. B – L
Day 10: We drive you to the airport or to your next Yukon adventure.